What Makes a Good Leader?

by | Jun 3, 2020 | Vital Life Application Devotions

Deuteronomy 1:13-18 New International Version (NIV)

13 Choose some wise, understanding and respected men from each of your tribes, and I will set them over you.”

14 You answered me, “What you propose to do is good.”

15 So I took the leading men of your tribes, wise and respected men, and appointed them to have authority over you—as commanders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens and as tribal officials. 16 And I charged your judges at that time, “Hear the disputes between your people and judge fairly, whether the case is between two Israelites or between an Israelite and a foreigner residing among you. 17 Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of anyone, for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it.” 18 And at that time I told you everything you were to do.

What do you look for in a leader? Here are some things to look for. Look for wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to use knowledge well. Look for experience. Experience comes with time and age, as well as, active application of a skill or quality you are looking for. Look for understanding. Understanding is matured through the ability to listen, reason, and respond accordingly. These characteristics are godly characteristics, and a good leader will have a smattering of all three.

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